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Tales of Tomorrow #15: The Dune Roller


Published 1952


From the live tv anthology series Tales of Tomorrow.

Mysterious menacing minerals in Michigan.

More info at the IMDB.

Upload courtesy of Inventing Situations.

Hopefully in the public domain.


Producer George F. Foley
Audio/Visual sound, b/w
Language English

Credits

Bruce Cabot - Sam Thomas
Nancy Coleman - Jean Burgess
Lee Graham - Sally
Nelson Olmsted (as Nelson Olmstead) - Dr. Carl Burgess
Truman Smith - Cap Zanse

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Reviews

Reviewer: oatka - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2016
Subject: Lee Graham
As the pig-tailed kid, she was cute and, IMO, pretty talented. If you watch her listen to the old geezer, she seems to REALLY hang on his every word. Later all she's typically peppy and upbeat like all kids her age. Seems to have left the scene in 1956 after mostly uncredited performances. Too bad.
Reviewer: TimL2009 - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2014
Subject: More on Nelson Olmsted
Nelson Olmsted also did TV and Radio versions of Ohio Bell sponsored "The Ohio Story" from 1952-59 as well as "Stories of Pacific Powerland" on radio from 1961-76. Several episodes of "Powerland" are here on the Archive..
Reviewer: Gully Foyle - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2014
Subject: Roll Your Own Keith Richards Joke
That would be: An ancient Rolling Stone that frequently lights up...

I, too, have read the fine short story by Julian Chain May. (A woman writer-- not that it matters.) Isaac Asimov selected it as one of the best sf pieces of the year it was published-- 1951, I believe-- in his excellent Best SF story
anthologies. It's been a while, but I'm sure the adaptation was a major overhaul of the plot, but it's not bad on its own budget-constricted live TV terms. You'd think that such a cash-conscious enterprise would probably have a limited number of works in the genre it could adapt, and I guess "The Dune Roller" fits the bill-- earth-bound and with no elaborate alien or mechanical
menace and a small number of speaking parts.

And consider Bruce Cabot-- in two decades he goes from crapping his pants over a big Willis O'Brien animated monkey to having a best boy or a grip shining a flashlight in his eyes.
Reviewer: I_h8_screen_names - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2013
Subject: The Dune Roller - ToT
Big mama Dune Roller says, "What have you done to my BABIES??????"

Nelson Olmsted who plays Dr. Carl Burgess in this episode was on many old time radio programs. One of his best was "Sleep No More", he did all the acting parts. It was in the sci fi/horror genre.
You can download it here on the Archive. A couple of my favorite episodes of "Sleep No More" are, "Thus I Refute Bealsey" and "The Storm".
Please give them a try... there is a huge amount of old time radio on this Archive and it is some of the best entertainment around.
Reviewer: richgoup - - June 12, 2011
Subject: The Dune Roller (Tales of Tomorrow).
Season 1, episode 15.
Original air date: 4 January 1952.
Cast: Bruce Cabot (Sam Thomas), Nancy Coleman (Jean Burgess), Lee Graham (Sally), Nelson Olmstead (Dr. Carl Burgess) and Truman Smith (Cap Zanse).
From IMDB.
Reviewer: Earlon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2010
Subject: A catalog site for Classic TV shows
If you like Classic TV from of the 50's, I found a catalog site that makes it easy to find and watch episodes streaming from Archive.org at:

The Classic TV Channel

There are currently over 400 individual episodes of about 30 different programs, and the site is growing day by day. Check it out!
Reviewer: salt4pepper - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2009
Subject: Great story, fair rendition
I read the short story a few years ago, so I was looking forward to seeing this. It was pretty disappointing, due in part to the restrictions of small sets and a near-zero budget. Taken on its own merits though, it's a pretty good viewing experience. If you haven't read or know the story, I'd highly recommend watching this. If you have read it, don't expect too much.
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